2021 Student Recognition Awards

2021 Student Recognition Awards
Posted on 06/18/2021
2021 Student Recognition AwardsEvery year, the OCDSB Student Recognition Awards celebrate students who have demonstrated initiative, the will to succeed, the dedication to finish what they started, and the commitment to achieve their personal best. Congratulations to Student Recognition Award recipient Hayat Chasso and Excellence in Equity Student Recognition Award recipient Uyanda Mntambo!

Student Recognition Award RecipientHayat Chasso is passionately involved in student life and promoting equity at Lisgar Collegiate Institute. She is currently Co-Chair of Lisgar's MSA and Stay Woke Clubs, and has been a member of Link Crew for the past two years. She has used her leadership skills to organize letter writing campaigns against systemic racism in the police force, and in support of the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition. She has also held a “sock drive” for a local shelter, raised funds for the construction of a water well internationally, co-developed an educational piece on discrimination, racism and unconscious bias for OCDSB elementary classes, and helped organize her school’s Black History Month showcase and Annual Day Against Injustice. Hayat has also been project manager for a holiday gift basket fundraiser for underprivileged families, is a youth volunteer for the Ethiopian Muslim Community of Ottawa, and volunteers for Equal Chance Ottawa, a local NGO that prepares food hampers for less fortunate families. Hayat’s leadership and dedication to social change has created such a positive environment within the school and local community, even during such a difficult year!

Student Recognition Award RecipientUyanda Mntambo is an incredible student leader at Lisgar Collegiate Institute. Last June, she not only helped initiate the school’s first Town Hall on Anti-Black Racism, she ensured all town halls going forward continue to address racism. She is an executive member of the Student Council Day Events committee and was an organizer and facilitator for Lisgar’s Annual Day Against Injustice. As a leader in Stay Woke, Uyanda’s team ran a letter-writing campaign to defund the police and increase funding for youth mental health, organized highly successful Black History Month activities and virtual Black History Month Celebration, and developed curriculum for elementary students to address issues like microaggressions. Uyanda also volunteers with the Ottawa Food Bank, participated in the Youth Services Bureau Sleepout in 2018 and 2019, has volunteered with Equal Chance, and participated in the Afro WorldFest project as a motivational speaker and promoter. In addition, Uyanda took on a leadership role this year in the Black Youth Forum, where she booked speakers, mentored younger students and coordinated planning. Uyanda has truly shown that equity is part of who she is, and has used her voice to promote equity within her school and wider community!

Learn about all of the 2020-2021 Student Recognition Award recipients.
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